- By Michael Jacobo
- Photos Courtesy of ABC
We here at LAArtsOnline are fans of ABC, and we think you should be, too. Every season they churn out entertaining content; and whether it’s melodramatic, prestige dramas (they have just that this month), or a laid-back viewing of a Bachelor show (someone please tell me that Joe is going to be OK), ABC has something for you.
Premiering this month is A Million Little Things, which is sure to be the network’s next big hit. The series follows a group of adult friends who learn to finally get to know and love one another after one of them unexpectedly commits suicide. It’s The Big Chill for Generation Y: compassionate, yet with subtle hints of comedy that doesn’t force you to laugh, but rather reminds you that there’s a bright side to everything. Its title derives from the saying “Friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things.”
The series boasts a star-studded cast. Get ready: David Giuntoli (Grimm), Romany Malco (Weeds), James Roday (Psych), and Ron Livingston (Office Space) star as the main friend group. Allison Miller (13 Reasons Why), Christina Moses (The Originals), Stéphanie Szostak (Satisfaction), and Christina Ochoa (Valor) round out the group’s friends and family. The series was created and developed by DJ Nash, whose television credits include the comedies Up All Night and ’Til Death.
If melodrama isn’t your strong suit, ABC has another series premiering this month, Single Parents, a comedy about —you guessed it — single parents to grade school kids who band together to help a fellow SP (single parent, catch up here) remember that parenting isn’t their sole identity. The series also boasts a star-studded cast including, my favorite, Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame. Fingers crossed SP makes Meester a household name again.
The comedy series is a smart one, taking a couple of punches to the new “modern” world of single parents raising materialistic — and often times mature — kids by themselves, and acknowledging that parents can have fun too; it’s not all about making your life revolve around your kids.
Also starring are Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live) as Will, the “whipped” single dad, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Kimrie Lewis (Scandal), and Jake Choi (The Good Place) as the other single parents who attempt to rehabilitate him. An unusual concept, but one that will surely find its audience.
Premiering in October on the network are two more comedies: The Conners, the spinoff to the controversial Roseanne reboot. Original cast members are set to return. Also premiering is The Kids Are Alright, a comedy set in 1970s Los Angeles that follows an Irish-Catholic family where the kids, all boys, constantly clash with their Eisenhower-era parents.
Returning to ABC is The Good Doctor, starring Golden Globe-nominee Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel). Highmore (who’s only 26!) stars as a young autistic surgeon who excels at his job. Like his character, Highmore excels at his job; the guy can act. If you missed American Idol, it’s back, just in case you’ve been living under a rock. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie are adding to the fun as new judges.
If reality and love is your thing, then boy do I have news for you: Bachelor in Paradise is airing right now. What happens when you throw some very, very, good looking people onto a beach in Mexico? I can’t even describe it. You have to see it for yourself. Don’t miss the franchise’s other hits: Bachelor and Bachelorette. You’ll thank me later.
If you’re a morning bird, make sure you catch Good Morning America and its new hour, GMA Day with Michael Strahan and Sarah Haines, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and The View (all my moms, you can’t deny this one).
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